New Release Review & Excerpt | Anti-Stepbrother by Tijan {Giveaway}

Arrogant. Smug. Alpha.
He was also to-die-for gorgeous,
and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother.

Anti-Stepbrother is NOW AVAILABLE!

And you most definitely do not want to miss the chance at meeting Caden. Or Summer, for that matter!

He told me to 'settle, girl.' 

He asked if 'something was wrong with me?' 
He said I was an ‘easy target.’ 
That was within minutes when I first met Caden Banks. 
I labeled him an *sshole, but he was more than that. Arrogant. Smug. Alpha. 

He was also to-die-for gorgeous, and my stepbrother’s fraternity brother. 

(September 12th delivery)

He wasn’t looking at me any more. I wasn’t even sure he was really in the room.

I needed to leave this alone. He had given me the clues—looking away, his jaw clenching, pain like I’d never heard from him sounding loud and clear. My instincts were telling me to shut up, but I couldn’t. I had this burning need to know more about Caden. I needed to get in there, past his walls, and I wanted to understand him.

I wanted to help him.
Caden was hurting, and I wanted to take that away.

“What happened?”

Caden turned his gaze to me now, and I felt branded by the pain I saw. His eyes were stricken. “Does it matter?”

“No.” My breath caught and held in my chest. I wanted to go to him, but I also wanted to slink away. I was stirring up his pain, but I had to know. “What happened, Caden?”

“Why do you have to know?”

“Because it’s hurting you.”

I made a decision, though I had no idea what the ramifications were going to be. I stood, my legs going numb and my stomach clenching, and I moved to his side. He leaned back, his head falling to the couch, and he watched me.

The need to ease some of his hurt outweighed the fear of what would happen next. Swallowing tightly, I stepped over to straddle him and sat down.

“What are you doing?”

He asked that softly, still holding his beer. I took it from his hands and put it on the stand next to the couch. Then I just sat there. He had to do the rest. I’d already made the first move.

I glanced down at his hands, feeling like an idiot. “What happened?”

“Why are you pushing this?”

I looked back up to find confusion warring with need in his eyes. He wasn’t pushing me away, so I sank further into his lap.

“You haven’t told anyone else about this.” It wasn’t really a question, but I saw the confirmation in his eyes. My chest tightened, thinking about whatever secret he held. 
“Please tell me.”

“No.” He shifted forward, and I braced myself, expecting him to push me away. He didn’t. 

His hands grasped the backs of my legs and lifted me so I was more fully on his lap.
I could feel him between my legs, and my breasts almost pressed against his chest. I waited. I wanted to see what else he’d say

“But not because I don’t want you to know,” he added. “Because it’s not my secret to tell.”

I nodded, my stomach doing somersaults now. “That makes sense. I can respect that.”

And there we were. His hands cupped my ass, and the pain in his gaze became something darker, something I felt too, something that began to turn off all rational thought.

“What are we doing here?” he questioned, his voice like a caress in itself.

I leaned forward, my gaze lingering on his lips. “I didn’t really think it through.”

“And now?”

“Still not thinking it through.”

“You’re okay with that?”

In that moment, the truth exploded in me. I wanted him. I wanted this—but it was more. I needed this.

I didn’t answer.

I closed the distance between us.

No one can or will ever compare to by Fallen Crest babies, but this group from Anti-Stepbrother can definitely hang. The characters are similar in some ways—such as the laid-back vibes that make you want to be their friends—but are different enough to really stand out and hold their own.

If you’re put off by stepbrother romances, come back! Don’t you dare run away from this book. I guarantee it is not what you expect. The title is a bit misleading, and even after reading the book, I’m still not sure why Tijan decided to go with it. Perhaps she wanted the readers to hate the stepbrother. In which case, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED. Kevin’s manipulation and weaseliness (not a word, but he infuriates me so much so I’m just going with it) churns my stomach. I couldn’t understand why this amazing girl was so infatuated with the douchebag when it was clear he could not be trusted from the start. Luckily, the remainder of the characters make up for him.

Caden, Summer, and co. are of course college students, and with that comes a new level of maturity and a whole other kind of drama. This friends-to-lovers romance was humorous and light at times in its college setting, but the emotions that the characters battle through are dark and painful. The dual POV was an absolute delight. Caden’s part comes in at just the right time, when the reader is no doubt chomping at the bit to get into his head. The weight of the world is on his shoulders and no one is really aware of it. On the side of campus, Summer too is struggling with her heart, but is unaware of the deeper seeded issues she has yet to deal with.

The effortless friendship that comes about between Caden and Summer is both thrilling and heartwarming. They have an electrifying connection that sizzles so naturally and it really drives the story.

Anti-Stepbrother is a supremely emotional and gripping story that goes beyond your average new adult romance. It packs a punch with its heart-wrenching characters and surprises with unexpected directions.  The rich depth of the story will keep you feverishly turning the pages.

I didn't begin writing until after undergraduate college. There'd been storylines and characters in my head all my life, but it came to a boiling point one day and I HAD to get them out of me. So the computer was booted up and I FINALLY felt it click. Writing is what I needed to do. After that, I had to teach myself how to write. I can't blame my teachers for not teaching me all those years in school. It was my fault. I was one of the students that was wishing I was anywhere but at school! So after that day, it took me lots of work until I was able to put together something that resembled a novel. I'm hoping I got it right since someone must be reading this profile! And I hope you keep enjoying my future stories.

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